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Get Your Home Ready For The Dark by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: August 30th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

As daylight saving time ends, we know we’ll likely be outside in the dark pretty soon—whether we are taking out the trash, bringing the kids trick-or-treating, or entertaining guests on the back porch. Many of our homes do not, however, have great outdoor lighting. This is not only important for daily use, but also for any possible emergencies. Where should outdoor lighting go?led

The front door—One fixture with a high-wattage bulb is common, but if you’re looking to remodel, two line-voltage (120V) lanterns on each side of the door, with low-wattage bulbs, are a good way to minimize glare.

Walkway—Low-voltage fixture type of lights come in various styles, with ground stakes and support stems often sold separately, so you can set up different heights. The lamps range from 4 to 20W.

Driveway/garage— Get a few low, shaded low-voltage spread lights. Put lights in the trees, pointed down at the driveway. You may also want a motion sensor light to turn on only when someone enters the space.

Deck or patio—In addition to a floodlight on a wall, you can also add string lights or other decorative lights. You may want to consider lights that are specifically designed to keep the bugs at bay. Or, you can try to put the lights overhead instead of at a low level, to lure them upward. Dimmers are also a good idea so you can adjust the amount of light as needed.

If you’re the handy type, you can have a go at trying to install lighting on your own, but for many homeowners, it may be a good idea to hire a professional for installation.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

How to Prepare Your Yard for Fall by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: August 30th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Fall is North Carolina is absolutely gorgeous—the colors of the leaves are stunning! For many homeowners, though, they can be quite a nuisance. So how do you keep all those leaves from scattering all over your property and your home and creating a big mess? And how can you actually put the leaves to good use on your lawn and in your garden?raking leaves

If you live in an area that doesn’t have a ton of trees, you can probably get through the season by simply mowing your lawn— leaves included. You’ll want to set the lawn mower to the highest setting to keep from cutting your grass too short so that it doesn’t die. If, however, you live in a more woodsy area and have too many leaves to handle, you have a few options. (Keep in mind most homes within city limits will have strict rules on leaf burning. Even in areas that permit it, expect permits and/or limited time frames when it can be done.)

Tarps- An easier way to rake is to get a big tarp and rake a space to lay it down, and then rake the rest of the leaves onto the tarp. When it is full, pull it to the curb or pour into trash bags, depending on your town’s policies.

Blowers- You’ll have to be cautious not to blow the leaves onto your neighbors’ property or into the street, but this is another easier option. You may want to look for one that has a mulching option. Within the Greensboro City limits for instance, they want you to blown them onto the street and the trucks come along and scoop them up.

Lawn vacuum- This piece sucks up the leaves into a big bag and then you empty it.

Leaf scoops/grabbers- these looks like giant claws and make it easier to grab a bigger pile of leaves at once than you might get with a rake.

If you shred your leaves, you can use them on your lawn and garden! To protect plants, use a 6-inch blanket of leaves. To enrich your soil for next year, mix the leaves into your garden. You can also add them to your compost pile. Remember, water cannot get through whole leaves, so they will need to be shredded to use. You can also add some slow-release nitrogen fertilizers to assist with leaf decomposition.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

Neglecting your HVAC unit by Central Carolina Air Conditioning

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

One of the most important but often neglected pieces of equipment in your home is your HVAC system. What if we told you that an often forgotten piece of your HVAC system could easily get dirty and cost you hundreds more on your electric bills and shorten the life of your unit? DSC04885
Dust and dirt build up on the evaporator coil over time and reduce efficiency. (Note: this is different from the condenser/compressor coils.) The evaporator coil is inside the air handler and it cools the air blown across it and into the house. You may have an idea that something is wrong because your AC unit is not blowing cold air, or the airflow is very weak.

Experts say evaporator coils should be cleaned at least once a year, especially if the filter is not changed regularly—about once a month.
Here’s the thing though—you can save yourself time and money in the first place by simply changing your filter regularly. If, however, it’s been a year (or, let’s be honest, several years) you’ll want to hire a professional to clean the coil, as it is usually located in a spot that is difficult to access, and a professional and check to make sure nothing else is wrong.

If you do decide you’d like to try on your own, it is best to do it only if the coils are not that dirty. You’ll need to turn off the AC and shut the electricity to the air handler off, and you can use a foaming coil cleaner that you’ll spray directly onto the AC coils. You’ll need open the access panel to do this.
After that, it is best if you can start making an effort to change your filter regularly. Simple measures to keep your home cool and your bills low!

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

How to Keep Your Cool

Posted on: July 7th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments
Now that the weather is heating up and the humidity is climbing, it is really starting to feel like summer here in the Triad of North Carolina.  So, we know your air conditioning is probably running by now cool_down_on_a_hot_summer_day_6472in order to keep your home cool and dehumidified.  But is there anything else you can do to keep your cool in all this heat? YES!  Here are a few tips to help make the most of your precious cool air!
  • Close blinds or curtains during the heat of the day – especially those windows that get the afternoon sun.  While it may seem like a small thing to do, the solar heat that enters your home from the exposure can easily add a few degrees to the temperature in your house.  So make your home a temporary movie theater for the hottest hours of the day.
  • Change your air conditioner filters often.  Dust can accumulate quickly in your home at anytime of the year, but during the summer you want to make sure your system is achieving maximum efficiency. 
  • Service your system as recommended.  This goes without saying, but preventative maintenance is the best value for your dollar.  Preventing failures is a lot less expensive than repairs.  If you purchase a maintenance plan you can also get discounts if repairs are needed. 
  • If you find that you have ‘hot spots’ in your home, rather than turning down the air conditioning call in a professional to balance your air conditioning and consider strategic use of fans to help circulate the air. 
Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Your Safety Is Important!

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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First, only do business with reputable companies Look for companies that have been in business for a while. Central Carolina Air Conditioning has been serving the Triad community for over 50 years.  We run background checks before hiring and do random drug testing to make sure all of our technicians are quality servicemen. The majority of our technicians are actually friends or family or our current employees who understand the quality of people we hire.

 Also, ask friends for recommendations If you are new to the area and don’t have local contacts to ask, consider asking your real estate agent.  You can also look to Yelp, Angie’s List and Google to get a feel for what level of service a company offers.  Even the best companies will occasionally have one bad review, but if it is a pattern, run for the hills.

Be Smart, Be Safe

So, once you’ve found the right company, how do you know that the person that rings that doorbell is actually from the company?  First, look at the vehicle.  Most companies will put their logo or graphics on the vehicle.  This is a way to identify people associated with their company and also allows them to advertise. 

Second, look at the service person’s attire.  Again, most service providers have a uniform that includes a logo on the shirt or coveralls.  But what is the best way?  Central Carolina Air Conditioning provides this important service because we care about your family’s safety! We now offer a new and improved service for our customers in which we will text or email you a picture of our technician coming to your home in advance so you know who is showing up at your door!

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

What to Flush, What Not to Flush by Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: June 7th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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I think we’ve all had that same question at one point in our life – is this really flushable?  So many products now claim to be flushable – baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, etc. But what should you do to protect your pipes?  Rest assured, we have answers.

First, while many products tout a flushable applicator, or ‘safe’ to flush, or event biodegradable, limit your flushes to simple waste and toilet paper.  Anything else should go in the trash.  If you are concerned about odors, simply sprinkle some baking soda in the trash can liner to help absorb odor.  Particularly strong odors can  be mitigated by disposing of them in the main trashcan outside the home (used diapers, any dog/cat clean up items).  While an occasional accident will happen, don’t make it a practice to flush anything that isn’t necessary.  Not only can it cause a blockage, it may unnecessarily fill up your septic tank too quickly.  Most experts recommend that you don’t even flush facial tissues since it can add to the paper waste and increase water usage.

No feminine hygiene products should ever be flushed down the toilet.  In public waste systems they can build up and cause a blockage, which the homeowner may have to pay to repair.  In private septic tanks, they can quickly fill the tank to capacity.  Baby and cleaning wipes are other products that are frequently flushed.  Remember that while one of these may be OK for the system, regularly flushing either of these can lead to disastrous consequences for your septic tank.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Why Choose a Tankless Water Heater by Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

If you find that you have to replace your water heater, you might want to consider a Tankless model.  These water heaters are efficient because you just heat the water you use rather than storing multiple gallons of water, which can cycle over and over before use.  They are compact units that can be mounted on an exterior wall.

In addition, you are unlikely to run out of hot water, as long as it is sized correctly.  Because they work by heating the water quickly and on demand,  there is very little wasted energy.  Tankless water heaters are more expensive to purchase initially but energy savings will quickly pay for the increased expense.

You will want to make sure to select the correct size because of the nature of how the Tankless water heater works.  Since water is heated on demand, you need to have it sized to fit the size of your needs. Unlike a regular water heater, a Tankless model’s water output is impacted by groundwater temperatures.  A Tankless water heater located in a warm climate will require less capacity than one located in the frozen Canadian tundra.  Use your coldest groundwater temperature to calculate the gallons per minute you’ll need.

Look for an oxygen-depletion sensor that shuts off the water heater if carbon monoxide is detected and a film wrap around the heat exchanger that will shut off the device if it gets too hot. Since Tankless water heater models are still relatively uncommon, consider using manufacturer-trained installers. Some companies extend the warranty if you do.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

Use a Dehumidifier to Keep You Comfy this Summer

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

The last few days hcool_down_on_a_hot_summer_day_6472ave been uncharacteristically cool here in the Piedmont Triad of NC.  We’ve had cool, if not even downright cold, weather in the middle of May. In addition to being cool, the humidity has virtually disappeared.  But later this week the moisture is expected to come back, although at much lower temperatures than we expect at this time of year.

While dehumidifiers don’t cool down the air in the room, they do go a long way in making it feel more comfortable during the summer. Humidity can feel sticky and sweaty in the warm summer months and make the heat overwhelming.  By adding a dehumidifier, you remove that extra moisture from the air which makes it more comfortable.  It also reduces the possibility for mold and mildew growth in the longer term.

Select a dehumidifier based on the size of your room.  Most units will list on the box the number of square feet of space that can be treated with the unit.  If you choose to run a dehumidifier, place it in the center of the room (or as close to center as possible).  Run it during the time you are not in the room.  If you run it while you are in there it will continue to work but can also dry out your skin.  Remove and clean the appliance’s filter at least once a month to keep it running efficiently.  Remember to empty the water reservoir when full.  Most units will automatically shut off when the reservoir is full, but you should check the instructions that came with the unit to be sure.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Installing Dimmer Switches

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Looking for a way to set the mood in your dining room or bedroom?  One easy way to change the mood and feel of a room is to install a dimmer switch to adjust the lighting.  During the day, you can turn the lights all the way up and turn them down to a more subdued brightness at night to soothe your soul.

In order to install a dimmer switch you will need to gather your supplies and tools first.  You will need:

  • A small screwdriver
  • Pair of needle nose pliers
  • Electrical tape
  • Dimmer switch kit (available as a rotary dial and as a slide bar)
  • Wire nuts
  • Wall plate of your choice to accommodate the new switch

First, turn off the power, because safety is first.  Next, remove the switch plate and the existing light switch.  Pull the switch out from the wall and remove the connections.  Note that wire nuts may be holding the connections together, or in newer construction it may be a push in connection.

Next, connect the new switch according to the instructions included in the package.  Typically, you will connect same colored wires to one another to create the right connections, but you should always follow manufacturer instructions.  Using your screwdriver secure the new switch in place in the box in the wall.  Follow with a new wall plate that matches your décor and the new switch shape.  Next turn the power back on and check to make sure your light works as desired.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

Carbon Monoxide Detectors – What you need to know!

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless and colorless gas that can have deadly consequences.  This gas is produced when fuels detectorlike wood, charcoal, kerosene, propane or natural gas are not completely burned.  Also, equipment with internal combustion engines can produce carbon monoxide gas.

Most cases of CO poisoning occur because of malfunctioning appliances and heaters.  Gas appliances should be checked by a professional at least yearly to ensure that they are functioning properly and not producing carbon monoxide gas.   In between annual  tune ups and check, owners should check equipment monthly to look for obvious wear and damage.

A second leading reason for carbon monoxide poisoning is the use of internal combustion engines in confined spaces.  Severe weather, like we typically see here in North Carolina during the spring and summer may have you looking to hook up a generator.  While this is a great way to keep the power on during storms, always make sure to keep it outside and away from open windows/doorways to keep fumes out.  Also, never allow your car to run while in a garage.

Because the gas is colorless and odorless, and the result of poisoning are increased fatigue and confusion,  a detector (with fresh batteries) is the single best way to protect you, your family and your pets from poisoning.  Good quality detectors can be purchased at most home improvement stores or online.  Look for two in one carbon monoxide/smoke detectors if you want to install only one unit.  Elderly residents and those that meet certain income guidelines may even be able to get detectors for free through the fire department.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!